CHASING CROATIAN RECIPES

IMG_5942I wasn’t really sure how to best introduce you to the Croatian cuisine and all that this term contains.

So, I tried to look for the oldest and “the most original” Croatian recipes that are out there.

Some time ago, I considered traditional cuisine not that exciting and kinda mainstream, “everyone knows this stuff” kind of thing. But today, I realize its worth and appreciate its specific taste based on quite simple blend of ingredients, without additives and similar nasty poisons that modern age integrated in our day-to-day diet.

I’ll introduce to you, as well, “the modern everyday” Croatian way of cooking and make you more familiar with Croatian food.

If we look into the Croatian history, we’ll see huge influences of various nations:
Italian influence in Dalmatia, Middle Europe influence in North Croatia and Turkish influence from our neighbor Bosnia.

Therefore, the richness and colorfulness of Croatian cuisine as a result of those historical dynamics isn’t much of a surprise, isn’t it?

As live in Split, I’ll mostly write about Dalmatian food. I’ll show you its Mediterranean spirit which, having in mind the long Adriatic cost and more than 1000 islands, Dalmatia certainly has.However, I won’t forget to mention tasteful and delicious food from other parts of Croatia.

Dalmatian cuisine is not too heavy and consists of lots of fresh fish, crabs, olive oil, vegetables and fruit.
As Green market in Split is all year around “green”, there is always fresh and affordable produce from local farmers. Recipes will, logically, follow seasons.

In Croatia, families still cook daily, at least one meal.
Every occasional gathering (even “just for a glass of wine”) ends up with lots of homemade food and yummy creations. Usually starting around 8pm and never finishing before 2 in the morning.

Sometimes, during hot summer nights spent talking, eating, dancing we arrive to the first morning lights and are ready to eat again, cause it’s breakfast time!

I can say it is still “a life around table” and it’s all about food.


BIG BLUE

SHRIMPS BUZARA – KOZICE NA BUZARU

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CODFISH ON SAILORS WAY-BAKALAR NA MORNARSKI

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DALMATIAN FINGER FOOD (pasta conchiglioni filled with shrimps “Buzara”)

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MONKFISH IN WHITE WINE WITH GREEN TAGLIATELLE-GRDOBINA U BIJELOM VINU SA ZELENIM REZANCIMA

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MUSSELS ON BUZARA-DAGNJE NA BUZARU, NONE VEDRANE “PO VRANJICKI”

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THREE PATE: SHRIMP PATE, CODFISH PATE, TUNA WALNUT PATE

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SPAGHETTI WITH SARDINES IN WHITE SAUCE-ŠPAGETI SA SRDELAMA U BIJELOM TOČU

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BRUSCHETTE WITH SALTED SARDINES, ARUGULA AND TOMATO

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MARINATED SARDINES

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STAND BY MEAT

PROSCIUTTO IN RED WINE WITH BLACK POLENTA

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DALMATIAN GNOCCHI-DALMATINSKI NJOKI

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STEWED BEEF IN SOUR SWEET SAUCE WITH GNOCCHI-DALMATINSKA PAŠTICADA S NJOKIMA

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GREEN MARKET

SWISS CHARD-BLITVA, DETOX MEAL VERSUS TRADITIONAL MEAL?

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ARTICHOKES WITH BROAD BEANS-ARTIČOKE S BOBOM

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THE GREENEST RISOTTO

Risotto with peas and wild asparagus is regularly on my menu for Saturday lunch. After the morning coffee on Riva

GREEN MARKET

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SUGAR HILL

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RICE CAKE-KOH OD RIŽE

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WALNUT MERINGUE BARS-ORAHOVE ŠTANGLICE

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CAKE WITH CROQUANT-TORTA S KROKANTOM

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NOUGAT CANDY- MANDULAT

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ALMOND BISCUITS-BOBIĆI

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SPLIT’S CAKE-SPLITSKA TORTA

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